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first_imgKay had started 17th, series veteran Webb ran second most of the way and DeFrance rounded out the top five after starting 12th.  He pulled away again, taking the $3,044 checkers more than half a straightaway ahead of Matt Ryan, Justin Kay, Gary Webb and DeFrance. The Late Model feature brought the third annual special to a close. Dave Wada led the first two times around the track before Aikey took charge, checking out on the rest of the field before a caution brought the field back together with five laps left. “I had a hell of a career in the Summer Series. I’m proud to have been part of it,” Aikey said. “I’m just stunned. I was proud to win tonight.”  A standing ovation from his hometown fans followed congratulations from IMCA officials and pro­moter Toby Kruse. One hundred and seventy-eight cars saw action Thursday, leading into the two-day World Nation­als.  “I raced every race I could, trying to win every race I could,” DeFrance said of his streak. After different drivers led each of the first four laps, Jeff Mueller outran Dallon Murty and Damon Murty to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers.  Ironman Darrel DeFrance was recognized for perfect attendance and unswaying support when the 500th and final Summer Series for IMCA Late Models event was held Thursday night at his hometown Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) “Jeff was good tonight. It was a fun night,” said DeFrance, who also watched as daughter Brittany ac­cepted the marriage proposal from Dale Heinzer during pre-race. “The only thing that could have made it better was if I won.” And Nathan Ballard took the lead just before halfway, winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature ahead of Luke Schluetter and Marcus Wayne. Summer Series feature results – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 3. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 4. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 5. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 6. Dave Wada, Wilton; 7. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 8. Ben Seemann, Waterloo; 9. Logan Duffy, Independence; 10. Curtis Glover, Knoxville; 11. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 12. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 13. Bobby Hansen, Center Point; 14. Jill George, Cedar Falls; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 16. Curt Martin, Independence; 17. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 18. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 19. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 20. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 21. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 22. Kyle Krampe, Baxter; 23. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 24. Andy Eckrich, Oxford. Ironman Darrel DeFrance was recognized for perfect attendance and unswaying support when the 500th and final Summer Series for IMCA Late Models event was held Thursday night at his hometown Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) Cody Laney earned $1,219 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth for his IMCA Modi­fied win ahead of Tim Ward and hard charger Tom Berry.  Darrel DeFrance, Dale’s son, was recognized for his perfect attendance through the series’ 500th and final event. Jeff Aikey won that final feature, leading all but the first three of 44 laps to win for the series-best 71st time.  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Sept. 17) – The two drivers synonymous with IMCA’s Summer Series for Late Models were honored before and at the end of Marshalltown Speedway’s Dale DeFrance Me­morial.  One of, if not the most respected drivers in division history, the Ironman DeFrance received a custom door panel, a stone plaque engraved with pictures of his cars from different eras, and a die cast replica of his father’s race car during pre-race ceremonies.  Brayton Carter led start to finish in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, leading Johna­thon Logue and Dylan VanWyk across the stripe. DeFrance had finished eighth, Aikey 17th in the first-ever Summer Series event on April 11, 1987 in West Burlington; 17 series championships and 209 feature wins were represented by drivers in the field at Marshalltown. last_img read more

Pilkington injury worry for Irish

September 21, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_img Press Association Norwich midfielder Anthony Pilkington is a doubt for Ireland’s friendly against Latvia on Friday night. The Ireland squad met up in Portmarnock on Monday as they prepared to begin training under new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. However, Pilkington was not among them as he remained in Norfolk for treatment on a dead leg. center_img A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “Anthony Pilkington has emerged as an injury doubt after coming off during Norwich’s clash against West Ham on Saturday with a dead leg. “He will remain with his club until Thursday while his progress is monitored.” O’Neill and Keane are due to get to work in earnest at Gannon Park on Tuesday morning ahead of the first game of their reign against the Latvians at the Aviva Stadium. They will then head for Poznan for a second friendly against Poland next Tuesday evening. last_img read more

Magath’s ranks bolstered by trio

September 21, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_img If Magath can mastermind back-to-back league wins for Fulham for only the second time this season, they will close to within two points of Norwich. And defender Jonny Heitinga is convinced the west Londoners can maintain their place in the Premier League. “You have to believe we can still do it, I believe we can,” he said. “The only thing that matters right now is the club’s survival – we just need to find the way. This is the first time I’ve been involved in a relegation battle, but you have to deal with the same pressures as when you are challenging for trophies. “Of course, the trophy for us will be staying up in the Premier League. It’s a real challenge but it’s up to us to play as well as we can between now and the end of the season.” Neil Adams insists his first match as Norwich manager will not on its own determine whether the Canaries retain their top-flight status. Adams replaced the sacked Chris Hughton on Sunday after the loss to West Brom which leaves Norwich five points clear of the relegation zone. Matches with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal follow for the Canaries and many predict the losers of the Fulham-Norwich clash will be consigned to the drop. But Adams said: “I keep hearing the must-win, the one-game season. It’s a five-game season. We’re capable of beating anybody.” Adams, who last season led Norwich to victory in the FA Youth Cup, could invoke a seige mentality. “If people want to write us off, great,” he said. “We’ll be confident we’ll win games. If people want to give us no chance, fine. “We’re used to that. We’re down at the bottom end of the table with six, seven, eight other clubs who have been written off on a weekly basis. “(But) at Carrow Road against the big teams we’ve won games. “For these next four weeks, five games, we’ve got to leave no stone unturned and come what may, whatever happens, one thing we would’ve done was given it everything. “We’ve got to stay in this division this year. That’s the one and only goal.” Defender Michael Turner and Leroy Fer could be in contention to return after recovering from hamstring injuries and Wes Hoolahan is expected to be included in Adams’ first starting XI. Defender Sebastien Bassong should be fit following a knock, but Elliott Bennett (knee) is again involved with the under-21s. Fulham manager Felix Magath could welcome back three players for the crucial Barclays Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Norwich on Saturday. Press Association Defender Dan Burn is fit after a muscle problem with midfielders Scott Parker and Giorgos Karagounis also returning to the squad. Club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined with a knee injury but loanee Darren Bent could feature having missed the win over parent club Aston Villa last weekend. last_img read more

first_imgThe two other Dixville Notch votes went to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is the primary winner in Dixville Notch, one of three tiny New Hampshire towns that vote at midnight. The former New York mayor isn’t even on the ballot in New Hampshire but won by getting three of the five residents’ write-in votes, two from Democrats and one from a Republican. One of the voters told new reporters that he voted for Bloomberg because the candidate called him up and asked for his support.But new audio of Bloomberg is making the rounds on social media.Share this far and wide. Unless the mainstream media picks it up, it will be isolated to twitter.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 11, 2020last_img read more

first_imgImmediately after breaking the Bucksport High School record in shot put, Mavis Taungatu’a runs to hug her father, Sione Taungatu’a, who was working the scoreboard at Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. Mavis Taungatu’a, a junior, threw for 36 feet and 0.25 inches, almost two feet farther than the school record of 34 feet and 5.25 inches set 29 years ago by Frani Hollowell. PHOTO COURTESY OF KARIN BOS OF MERIDEN PHOTOGRAPHYORONO — When Mavis Taungatu’a broke the Bucksport High School record in shot put at Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet, she immediately ran to the man working the scoreboard and gave him a hug.That man was both her coach and her dad.“Her father is not only a supporting parent, but Mavis’ biggest fan,” said Bucksport coach John Hunt. “He offers very good coaching tips that I appreciate.”Taungatu’a and her dad, Sione Taungatu’a, were all smiles after the junior threw for 36 feet and 0.25 inches, almost 2 feet farther than the 1986 school record of 34 feet and 5.25 inches set 29 years ago by Frani Hollowell.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s very unusual for a throwing record to be broken by that much,” Hunt said. “Mavis is one of the hardest working, dedicated athletes I have coached. Yet she maintains a light-hearted attitude and is very attentive to her teammates.”Hunt said he noticed Mavis Taungatu’a’s potential her freshman year when she set a Penobscot Valley Conference outdoor shot put record.For the past two meets, Hunt said Mavis Taungatu’a has been toying with the indoor record, consistently throwing for 33 feet and hitting 34 feet several times. Her performance on Saturday earned her a first-place finish out of five throwers, with the runner-up Anna Bryan of John Bapst throwing for 28 feet and 6.50 inches.“Mavis deserves all the accolades for this outstanding achievement,” Hunt said. “I am so proud of her.”The meet held at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House was separated into two competitions classified as Meets A and B.Bucksport’s Skyler Fraga runs in Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. Fraga won the boys’ one-mile run with a time of 5:13.89. PHOTO COURTEY OF KARIN BOX OF MERIDEN PHOTOGRAPHYFor the boys in Meet A, Mount Desert Island won with 106 points, and Ellsworth placed fifth with 10. In Meet B, the Central boys won with 92 points; Sumner placed third with 51; and Bucksport placed fifth with 11.For the girls in Meet A, Old Town won with 116 points; Ellsworth placed third with 43; and MDI placed fourth with 19. In Meet B, the Mattanawcook girls won with 67 points; Bucksport placed fourth with 44; and Sumner placed fifth with 10.Sumner’s Baramee Janla scooped up three first-place finishes. In the boys’ 55-meter dash, Janla won with a time of 6.89 seconds; in the 200-meter dash, 24.50 seconds; and in the 400-meter dash, 54.62 seconds.Bucksport’s Natalie Coleman collected two wins. In the girls’ 800-meter run, she finished first in 2:46.32; and in the two-mile run, 13:34.03.Other winners for the boys included Sumner’s Christian Kimball in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.73; and Bucksport’s Skyler Fraga in the boys’ one-mile run with a time of 5:13.89.Bucksport, Ellsworth, Sumner and MDI will compete next on Saturday at the UMO Field House. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

Juventus Closer to Fifth Straight Serie A TItle

September 18, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgJuventus moved closer to a fifth successive Serie A title with a home victory over Empoli. Alvaro Morata hit the crossbar for the hosts with a long-range effort before Mario Mandzukic headed in from Paul Pogba’s chip just before half-time.Riccardo Saponara had Empoli’s best chance but he shot over.The victory takes Juventus six points above Napoli, who play away at Udinese in their game in hand today.Massimiliano Allegri’s side had chances to extend their lead but Kwadwo Asamoah just failed to reach the ball after Lukasz Skorupski spilled Morata’s drive.In the closing minutes, Morata ran down the left wing and pulled the ball back for Simone Zaza, whose shot was saved by Skorupski.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

USC charter school opens in Downtown

September 17, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgUSC Hybrid High School, a new independent charter school developed by the USC Rossier School of Education, opened Tuesday at the World Trade Center in Downtown Los Angeles to 100 students.Teaching moment · Executive Director David Dwyer helps a Hybrid High School student with an assignment Tuesday. Ninety-three students are currently enrolled in the new school. – Photo courtesy of Kathy HernandezThe school, which caters to students in the USC area, is open to students seven days a week, year round. Each student is required to attend 35 hours of class per week and 180 days a year, and the school develops a personalized learning plan to fit their needs. There are currently 93 students enrolled, but enrollment will remain open.“My hope is that my students begin to see this as the most interesting and fun place they have to hang out,” Executive Director David Dwyer said. “If we see that, we know we’ve created a successful environment for the students where we have a chance to advance them academically.”Dwyer said they plan to heavily incorporate technology into the classroom to create a personalized learning system where students will work at their own pace to master the curriculum. Each student will receive a Macbook Air, which they will check out during the day while they are on campus, and an iPod Touch, which they can take anywhere.“[The iPod] becomes their communication tool,” he said. “It’s their student ID, it’s their email system and it’s how they get lunch.”Principal Stephanie McClay said the innovative part of the school is not the technology, but the personal attention that it allows. The technology will allow teachers to receive instant feedback on the progress of their students.“Technology supports the personalized learning plans to take them forward,” Dywer said. “If we have 90 or 100 kids, they’re going to be all across the spectrum, so it really allows the teachers to individualize for every student.”The school plans to graduate 100 percent of its students. Because of the mastery-based curriculum, each student must receive at least a “B” to pass a class.McClay said the goal is to make the academic program so tailored to each student that no student considers the possibility of not finishing school.“The student and teacher are going to keep going until the student gets it,” McClay said. “Giving a failing grade in our program is not acceptable from a teacher perspective.”Los Angeles Unified School District Director of Charter Schools Jose Cole-Gutierrez said he looks forward to working with Hybrid High.“A 100 percent graduation rate is one of the top-line goals for the district,” Cole-Gutierrez said. “We look forward to working with them to reach this goal. We also have high expectations that they will help us achieve 100 percent graduation.”Dwyer said he has already seen plenty of enthusiasm from prospective students and families during open houses this summer.“The extent of their happiness is a surprise,” he said. “They’re all committed to a new way of working. They understand this is going to be different.”last_img read more

Wisconsin sends three wrestlers to NCAA’s

September 16, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgAt 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Wisconsin wrestling team gathered for a final practice on campus before departing for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.Wisconsin’s trio of NCAA qualifiers includes redshirt junior Tyler Graff, redshirt junior Jackson Hein and redshirt freshman Connor Medbery. They will travel five hours by bus, along with coaches, trainers and doctors, to Wells Fargo Arena for a chance to compete against 32 of the country’s fiercest wrestlers in their respective weight classes in college wrestling’s version of March Madness.Within a few days of the tournament’s beginning on Thursday, head coach Barry Davis simply told his three contenders to enjoy the moment.“It’s a fun time,” Davis said. “It’s the best time of the year; it’s what you’ve worked for. Take it in, enjoy it. You’re the three guys who got here and earned it.”The team’s pre-departure practices consisted of a weight-lifting session with lighter weight and higher repetitions, with Davis citing the importance of “getting a good sweat going” without burning out his wrestlers.Wisconsin will again work out, this time with tougher drills, at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday morning, which will give the wrestlers an opportunity to examine the venue before the crowds form Thursday.Medbery said these last-minute workouts on-site gave him a chance to keep his legs fresh. He plans on spending about 15 minutes on a stationary bike in the hotel’s cardio room Wednesday to keep active.In addition to staying physically loose, the newly-minted Big Ten Freshman of the Year also stressed the importance of maintaining a loose mind.“Your mental attitude, making sure you’re relaxing, not being really active [is important],” Medbery said. “Making sure you’re not sitting in a hotel room all the time, because then your legs get tired; you’ve got to keep moving around.”An added source of anxiety for Medbery is an exam that he is scheduled to take the night before the tournament begins.“That adds a little bit of a different situation,” Medbery said.Unlike Medbery, Thursday’s championship is not the first for Graff. This is his third trip to collegiate wrestling’s ‘Big Dance’ and has previously earned two All-American honors, placing fifth in both 2011 and 2010 at 133 pounds.Graff tries to treat the NCAA Championships like any other tournament. He will concentrate on details, like keeping his weight correct and staying hydrated, to give himself the best chance to win.“A lot of it is being consistent with the things I have been doing,” Graff said. “It all has been little things.”The Badgers also began the process of watching film to study their first-round opponents. However, Davis said he doesn’t want his wrestlers watching too much film. He does, though, study his team’s opponents in order to find competitive advantages his team might hold.“How can we use our style to attack them,” Davis said of observations taken away from film studies. “Some people have certain habits. You get in situations where you figure out what a guy’s going to do and it’s about how you react.”The unseeded Hein is the only qualifier from Wisconsin scheduled to challenge a ranked opponent, facing 12th-ranked Brent Hayes of Missouri in his opening match.While Graff, the third seed in his weight class, could face one of two opponents in the first round, No. 7 Medbery is slated to wrestle a fellow Colorado native in David Malone. Medbery defeated Virginia Tech’s heavyweight in November in a 3-2 decision.Davis offered some final advice to his qualifiers with regards to fine tuning some of their skills. However, he said most of the prep work has been wrapped up. He said the most important thing Graff, Hein and Medbery can do is to stay active and spend time outside of the hotel room.Even though the qualifiers have had a week and a half to prepare for the NCAA Championships, Medbery still gets a little nervous thinking about it.“There’s a little more added pressure,” Medbery said. “This is the big tournament; it’s what you’ve been training for all year. Since you were a little kid, you’ve been dreaming about this. ”last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team continues to impress under Tony Granato, taking care of No. 6 Boston College 3-1 in the first of a two-game series this weekend.The Badgers (2-1, 0,0 Big Ten) made a big splash in their home opener Friday, scoring a goal in each period to help take down the sixth ranked team in the nation. The 3-1 upset marked the second of the season for the Badgers and the first win as a head coach for Granato at the Kohl Center.Wisconsin continued their dominance on the power play this season, adding two more power-play goals on eight chances. The Badgers now have seven power-play goals on the season and have a conversion rate of 29 percent, good enough for the fifth best percentage in the country.Men’s hockey: UW hosts No. 6 Boston College in regular season home openerThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team looks to improve their 0.500 record under head coach Tony Granato as the Read…Senior Grant Besse opened the scoring as he took advantage of the Badgers first power play of the game, cleaning up his own rebound to put Wisconsin up 1-0 just four minutes into the contest.The game remained 1-0 for the better part of the first two periods until the Badgers capitalized on another power play at the end of the second. The Badgers capitalized on a 5-on-3 with 20 seconds left in the second period, as Ryan Wagner scored his first goal of the season to give UW a 2-0 lead.Sophomore goalie Matt Jurusik came up big throughout the game and provided key saves in the third period to help the Badgers seal their upset. Jurusik stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced from the Eagles, a tremendous improvement from the four goals a game he allowed against Northern Michigan University.Seamus Malone put the Badgers up 3-0 with 10 minutes left in the game, cleaning up his own shot to tally the third rebound goal of the game for Wisconsin. Boston College, however, responded with a goal of their own just 12 seconds later to bring the score to 3-1, but Jurusik and the Badgers defense held strong and stifled the Eagles offense in the final minutes of the game.The Badgers will look to continue their impressive play under Granato in the second game of the series, which will be played at the Kohl Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. The game will televised on ESPNU.last_img read more

first_imgThe defending champions went down 1-21 to 0-21 to Drom’n’Inch in a thrilling quarter-final in Holycross.Drom join Holycross-Ballycahill, Loughmore-Castleiney and Moycarkey-Borris in the last four of the competition.Mid PRO Trevor Hassset says there was a very exciting conclusion to yesterday’s match.last_img